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NCP Leader Ajit Pawar Joins Maharashtra Government, Praises PM Modi’s Leadership

Ajit Pawar, a prominent leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Sunday.

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Mumbai: Ajit Pawar, a prominent leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Sunday. In a press conference following the oath-taking ceremony, Pawar emphasized that the NCP’s decision to join the Eknath Shinde-led government was made in the best interest of the state and the country. He also expressed his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

Addressing the media, Pawar refuted claims of a split within the NCP, stating that all elected representatives of the party had supported the decision to form a coalition government. He assured that the NCP would contest all future elections under its own name and symbol.

Earlier in the day, Pawar took the oath of office as Deputy Chief Minister, while eight NCP MLAs were sworn in as ministers in the Shinde government.

Responding to criticism about aligning with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Pawar drew parallels with the NCP’s previous alliance with the Shiv Sena. He argued, “If we can go with the Shiv Sena, then we can go with the BJP as well. The same thing happened in Nagaland as well.”

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, formed after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls by the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress, collapsed in June 2022 following Eknath Shinde’s rebellion against Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership.

Pawar asserted that all NCP MLAs were in support of the decision to join the government, and he had communicated the choice to the party’s top leadership. He suggested that new leadership should emerge within the party.

Regarding the allocation of cabinet portfolios, Pawar mentioned that the announcements would be made within a few days, and the government would commence its work promptly.

Explaining the rationale behind joining forces with the BJP-Shiv Sena government, Pawar stressed the need for comprehensive development in a country with a vast population. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that he was the first leader since 1984 to achieve such tremendous popularity and acceptance.

Pawar criticized the opposition parties, claiming that most of their leaders were primarily focused on their respective states rather than the country as a whole. He expressed the belief that contesting upcoming elections, including the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership would benefit both Maharashtra and the nation.

Chhagan Bhujbal, a cabinet minister from the NCP, echoed Pawar’s sentiments, emphasizing that positive steps were required to address people’s issues. Bhujbal, a prominent OBC (Other Backward Classes) leader in the state, acknowledged the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and his efforts in making decisions and resolving pending matters. He believed that being in power would enable the resolution of several OBC-related issues.

Bhujbal dismissed the notion that their decision to join the government was influenced by ongoing investigations against some NCP members. He clarified that the cases against Ajit Pawar were now closed, and progress had been made in resolving a significant case against himself. He also highlighted that Hasan Mushrif, another newly sworn-in minister, had faced probes but had not faced any coercive action by the courts due to a lack of strong evidence.

Uday Samant, the Industries Minister from the Shiv Sena, stated that as part of the MVA, the Shiv Sena had expected equal distribution of development funds among all MLAs under the previous Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

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The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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